Photostat of a Chaucerian poem of 49 lines, beginning 'Devise prowes and eke humylitee', together with a note in the same hand of the date of birth of James IV, which could only have been written after his accession in 1488. Edit


Component Unique Identifier
MS.8494, folio 37
Level of Description


  • [1488, or after.] (Creation)


  • 1 Leaves (Whole)



  • Conditions Governing Access

    Normal access conditions apply.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Normal reproduction conditions apply, subject to any copyright restrictions.

  • Existence and Location of Originals

    The original documents are in the Bodieian Library, Oxford (MS.Arch.Seld.B.24).

  • Scope and Contents

    The scribe was probably James Gray, priest and notary in Dunkeld. See “The Scribe of the King's Quair” by G Neilson, in ‘The Athenaeum’ (1899), pages 835-836.

  • Bibliography

    Neilson, G. “The Scribe of the King's Quair”, in ‘The Athenaeum’ (1899).

  • Immediate Source of Acquisition

    Bought, 1948, Bodleian Library, Oxford.

  • Custodial History

    The Photostat was bought by the National Library of Scotland with the aid of the Reid Fund.